LWSC MD Links Water Importance to Poverty Reduction

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The Managing Director (MD) of the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC), Mr. Charles B. Allen, has underscored the importance of water and energy, describing the sector as critical worldwide when it comes to poverty reduction.

Mr. Allen made the assertion on Saturday, March 22, at a ceremony marking this year’s World Water Day, held in Monrovia.

According to him, water production and distribution requires significant power, especially in large urban areas like Monrovia.

“Cheap energy is available in significant amounts only by hydro power although solar energy is closing this gap.” he indicated.

The LWSC managing director said that as stakeholders or individual users, there needs to ensure that this sector is well achieved by established institutions in the country that would provide quality services.

“We seize this opportunity to invite everyone to wake up, realize that we have to achieve this goal as a prerequisite for ensuring national development and fight the good fight,” He said.

He maintains that as stakeholders, at the LWSC, the connection are challenging daily in reconciling these two important issues of Liberia.

He told the gathering that the program is an intellectual discussion and a practical challenge just as relevant as providing food, shelter and the pursuant of happiness.

“We expect that this exciting celebration of World Water Day 2014 in Liberia will mark the beginning of the end of potable water scarcity and our resources, however, scares are allocated to this fundamental human right,” the LWSC boss stated.

Mr. Allen called for individual and collective community action to drive the process to ensure the common good for the sector.

For her part, U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to Liberia, Madam Sheila Paskman, said that water, which is the basic source for human consumption, needs to be prioritized by the Liberian government.

Madam Paskman further added that the government needed to create more awareness in the country to ensure that everyone gets access to clean and safe drinking water.

“We cannot do anything else without using water in our daily lives,” Ms. Paskman emphasized.

According to the U.S. envoy, if the government prioritized these two areas—water and energy—the economy will improve gradually.

Meanwhile, 11-year-old Mariama D. Bah, who read the UN Secretary General’s Special Message, said that water and energy are very critical in eradicating poverty around the world.

According to Ms. Bah, UN SG Ban Ki Moonindicated that they are making efforts in building a stable societies and lives of dignity for everyone.

He said that these are ongoing work of the UN-Water and Sustainable Energy for all initiative.

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